A total of 232,169 people have tested positive at least once in the week through December 23, according to the latest figures from Test and Trace.
This is an increase of 33% from the previous week and is the highest weekly total since the launch of Test and Trace in May.
Only 16.9% of people who were tested for COVID-19 in England in the week ending December 23 at a regional site, local site or mobile testing unit – a so-called ‘in-person’ test – received their result within 24 hours.
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That’s a drop from 34.1% the week before and the lowest percentage since the week to October 14.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson had promised that by the end of June, the results of all in-person tests would be back within 24 hours.
He told the House of Commons on June 3 that he would get “all tests returned within 24 hours before the end of June, except for difficulties with postal tests or insurmountable issues like that.”
Of the 211,914 people transferred to the Test and Trace system in the week to December 23, 85.8% were reached and asked to provide details of recent close contacts.
This is down from 88.6% the week before and is the lowest percentage since the week through October 28.
Some 12.8% of people transferred to Test and Trace in the week of December 23 were not reached, while 1.3% did not provide communication details.